SEMDA Announces SpotLight Award Winners at 2013 Conference
Cynthia L. Clark, President of ibiliti, and EndoChoice Inc. have received the 2013 SEMDA SpotLight Awards. Clark and Mark Gilreath, Founder and President of EndoChoice, accepted the awards. The awards were presented during the Gala Dinner at the highly successful 7th annual conference of the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA).
SpotLight Awards recognize outstanding achievement in fostering the growth of the medical device community in the Southeast, and are presented to one individual and one organization each year during SEMDA's annual conference, Factors considered during the final selection include extraordinary growth and hiring trend; establishment of new divisions or facilities; support of SEMDA and other device-focused organizations through sponsorship, membership or volunteer work, and being recognized as a thought leader, innovator or mentor in the device industry.
Clark received the Individual SpotLight Award for her work supporting the medical device industry as president of ibiliti. Exclusively focused on North Carolina's medical technology industry, ibiliti is a non-profit organization committed to assisting novel medical ideas reach patients at optimal speed and minimal cost. Clark has been the President of ibiliti since its inception in 2009. She is a serial entrepreneur with over 23 years of experience in the life science and information technology industries.
EndoChoice received the Organization SpotLight Award. EndoChoice is a platform-technology company that provides devices, diagnostics, infection control and imaging for specialists treating a wide range of gastrointestinal diseases. In early 2013, following a $43 million fund-raising round led by Sequoia Capital and existing investors, EndoChoice merged with Israeli company Peer Medical Ltd., creators of the innovative Full Spectrum Endoscopy system, and purchased German endoscope manufacturer RMS Endoskopie-Technik. EndoChoice is one of the world's fastest growing medtech companies and has been recognized for three consecutive years by Inc. Magazine.
Mitchell Kopelman, partner-in-charge of HA&W's technology & life sciences group said: "The Southeast clearly is emerging as the 'Silicon Valley' of the Life Sciences industry, and that's good news for the medical device sector. This hub of activity is attracting more investment capital to the area, highly skilled talent is being trained and employed here, and more medical device companies are starting up, moving or relocating manufacturing from overseas here. SEMDA's SpotLight Awards are important recognition of the advancement of the industry overall, and companies specifically, in the Southeast."